The wastewater treatment plant this past September. (Annie Ropeik/KUCB)
Right now, Unalaska is in the thick of more than $70 million worth of capital projects -- and some are more on track than others.
On Tuesday, public works director Tom Cohenour brought city council up to speed all that construction. He said the city’s priciest project, the $20-million wastewater treatment plant, is more than two-thirds finished.
Earlier this month, the city missed an Environmental Protection Agency deadline to get the plant’s chlorination system online. That could mean a fine. But Cohenour hopes they’ll be forgiven if they can finish the plant by the end of next year as planned.
The Bering Sea red king crab fleet finished catching 10 million pounds of quota last week -- and they're facing some lackluster prices as the crab goes to market. It could be due to higher catch limits in Alaska and Russia.
There’s also the problem of pirates. Illegal crab harvesting is declining, but industry groups say it’s still their biggest concern.
KUCB’s Annie Ropeik reports on what impact it had this year.
City council will meet tonight to move forward with revamping the Bobby Storrs Small Boat Harbor. And they’ll hear the latest on $72 million worth of ongoing capital projects.
Council will vote on $4.4 million dollar contract with Turnagain Marine Construction to replace the C float at Bobby Storrs. That was the lowest bid for the project, though it’s still about $600,000 higher than the city engineer’s estimate.
A look into Shishaldin's crater this past August. /Credit: Cyrus Read/AVO
Another volcano in the Eastern Aleutian Islands has woken up, a week after a burst of activity at Pavlof Volcano.
Shishaldin Volcano is about 100 miles west of Pavlof, near False Pass. Scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory started seeing stronger tremors and hotter temperatures at the volcano early Monday morning.
But the AVO didn’t increase Shishaldin’s alert status -- since it’s already on watch. Geophysicist Chris Waythomas says Shishaldin has been restless all year.
Unalaska will have a seat at the table in helping Bill Walker get ready for the governor’s office.
Mayor Shirley Marquardt will head up Walker’s transition subcommittee on infrastructure. And city manager Chris Hladick is part of the subcommittee on Arctic policy. They’re volunteer positions, leading up to Walker’s inauguration Dec. 1.